Food is perhaps the most elemental feature of culture. The flavors of home remain with us long after we leave the nest, retaining the capacity to evoke our oldest memories when we encounter them elsewhere in the world. Both diaspora populations and displaced individuals will hold onto the ideas about and methods of preparing foods with which they were raised, even after they have lost their hearth languages, customs of dress and behavior, and standards of personal beauty. As an anthropologist and a historian, I’m fascinated by the role food plays in our lives. This blog is intended as a space where I can share food culture, preservation techniques, the history of certain key aspects of the foods we see as “traditional” or “modern,” recipes and stories, and explore the finer points of how integral food is in the way we see ourselves.